Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities

Research, tools and commentary on our federally funded, groundbreaking collaborative spanning 30 Minnesota communities from 2010 to 2013.

The Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) project was a multi-sector, comprehensive approach to rural Minnesota broadband adoption. In 2010, the MIRC coalition, comprised of 30 partners, was awarded $4.8 million from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant — a program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. MIRC-related work was completed spring 2013, and while the federal funding may be gone the work goes on at the community level and through the Blandin Broadband Communities program.

Communities looking to expand broadband in their area are welcome to use the following MIRC Broadband tools and documents

Access to Computers

Curriculum Tools

Examples of Community Projects

Reports & Lessons Learned